Small plane makes emergency landing on Arlington freeway

06/27/2014 6:35 PM

06/27/2014 6:36 PM

A motorist was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Friday afternoon after a small airplane made an emergency landing on a west Arlington freeway.

The single-engine Cessna was towing an advertising banner and apparently lost oil pressure, said Jim Self, an Arlington assistant fire chief. The aircraft released the banner in flight before landing just before 5 p.m. on a ramp at northbound U.S. 287 just north of Interstate 20, authorities said.

“He appeared to have his sight set on the road, and he clipped a couple of vehicles,” Self said.

The pilot and the driver of the other vehicle that was struck were not injured, Self said.

The pilot told air traffic controllers that the aircraft had lost oil pressure and he would be making an emergency landing while he was in the vicinity of the freeway interchange, according to an email from Lynn Lunsford, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesman.

The freeway ramp was closed until about 8 p.m. when airplane was removed.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate, Lunsford said.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

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